How to build an LED light panel
An LED light panel is a lighting source made of a flat sheet with light created by light-emitting diodes, AKA, LED. The light is evenly distributed through the panel distribution system.
As a semiconductor, a light-emitting diode (LED) converts electricity into light using less energy. LED lights are easy to operate and, since they also save energy and last for a while, they are considered a good substitute for conventional fluorescent tubes and incandescent lamps for indoor and outdoor lighting; a perfect choice when it comes to cost and practicality.
LED light panels can be used for under-shelf lighting or under the cabinet, for display and signage, as office lights on folding ceilings, and as decorative details for an improved and sophisticated interior look. Gather your materials and follow these steps to make your own LED light panel.
Step 1 – Buying Materials
Buy a panel board, LED bulbs and other necessary materials. You can find them in hardware stores.
Step 2: Mark the holes
Mark 50 holes in five rows of 10 holes each on the panel. Leave a four-inch space around the outer perimeter of the panel and make sure there is a center distance between the LED bulbs of about three inches. The steps to make an LED light panel smaller follow the same principles as when you make the big ones. When assembling a larger LED light panel, you should consider the size of the panel and how to place the holes so that the LEDs produce a balanced output. The distances mentioned above may remain the same.
Step 3: Drill holes in the panel
Drill the holes according to the marks created with a portable drill and a drill bit. Do it carefully and be sure to follow the planned distance for each hole, taking into account the diameter of the LED bulbs for a better fit.
Step 4 – Install the bulbs
Make sure that the tip of the LED bulbs is extruded through the surface by pushing the lights through the back of the panel. Do it slowly and cautiously. All bulbs should fit well in the holes; do not force the bulbs from the back panel, as they are likely to break.
Step 5 – Connect led bulbs
If all the lights are already placed on the panel, connect the LED bulbs in parallel with the use of a soldering iron and a cable, making sure to install resistors next to each spotlight. Glue the plastic part of the cap on the panel to prevent it from slipping, and keep pushing the rest of the bulbs into the holes until everything is in place. Then check if the bulbs are connected and adjusted for added safety.
Step 6 – Touch LED bulbs to the power supply
Touch the LED bulbs parallel to the converter output. The input supply of the converter is AC. LED bulbs use a Direct Current (DC) supply.
Step 7 – Installation Switch (Single Pole Shot Switch)
Install a single-pole single-shot switch on the converter input supply cable. The switch serves as a means of supplying electrical current to the LED panel.
Step 8 – Plug it into the AC source
Connect the converter plug to the AC power supply. Now you can enjoy your "instant" LED light panel anywhere you choose.